Written By Emily Reynolds Via Wired.co.uk
"Progress in rapid manufacturing technology is making it easier and easier to build customised robots, but designing a functioning robot remains a difficult challenge that requires an experienced engineer," said Markus Gross, vice president at Disney Research. "Our new design system can bridge this gap and should be of great interest to technology enthusiasts and the maker community at large."
The design tool allows users to select the size, shape and number of legs for their robot using interactive editing tools which researchers say is "intuitive".
The software allows users to edit the robot's structure, as well as being able to view the way design would affect robot's behaviour. This ensures that the design is capable of moving so that less experienced users are sure to create a robot that can actually stand up. Users are, however, able to adjust the robot's footfall and gait.
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